Before starting on the trees, I have decided I want to make the track playable, and one of the last things I needed was the track signs.
As an inspiration I took a look at the pictures of other 3D tracks: Valencia, Barcelona and Zolder, that can be found in the images sections of Formula D/Dè. Two of them has the track signs printed on the board (Valencia, Zolder) while the last (Barcelona) had them raised.
The raised Barcelone signs can only be read if you are on hte right side of them, though, if you lok at them from 'behind', you cannot see them or will have to read them bottom up in the best case.
Considering that I have a thermocutter at my disposal, I decided to make the signs 3D and opted for signs printed on paper and then wrapped around a triangular styrofoam piece.
In that way, you can see the corner sign from either direction (but not sideways, I know)
After experimenting a bit with sign size, I decided on 9 mm height for the signs, which allowed me to use the 10 mm styrofoam boards, I have lying around. If I chose the size of the signs on the base board, they would be too big and obscure the view too much, I think.
Here is a view of the signs up close:
I think the signs are nice. The major track sign will be one I have cut from a printed base track, so it will be exactly the same size as the base track, raised on a 10mm styrofoam board to clearly separate it from the vegetation.
I have not glued it on yet, I am considering to do that after I spray varnish on the track. The tests I made showed that it will be ok to spray varnish on the sign, too, though, while varnish will do nothing good on the corner signs, them being printed by an ink jet.
It should be obvius I need to clean flock out between the track spaces, lesson learned from previous 'airing': do not do this indoors
Here is the current state of affairs: with the signs the track is now playable, although the full playability will come when I get around to marking distances on the straights.
Trees and corrections of the fields will give the atmosphere that it still lacks.
Thank you for reading.
As always, comments and suggestions are welcome.